Shooting on patriotic holidays


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monotonous_iterancy
October 17, 2012, 05:37 PM
You know national holidays - Independence day, Veterans day, Memorial day. They seem like such a natural time to just plink around, whether as a recreational event, or just to exercise the rights that we have.

Do you have any personal rules on guns you shoot on those days, for example, "No communist bloc weapons?" Or do you have a certain gun you like to bring out and shoot to celebrate or observe these days?

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whtsmoke
October 17, 2012, 07:43 PM
yep i sure do, its a 62 caliber flintlock fowler patterned after that style in the 1750's. made in america by americans for an american. i also have my 13 star betsy ross flag flying from my pole on that day.

USAF_Vet
October 17, 2012, 07:44 PM
We have an annual shoot out and cook out on Labor Day. No restrictions on guns, just be safe and have fun. No beers until the guns are put away.
We start out with clays, then move into a less structured free for all with pistol and rifle target shooting.

We allow the kids to get their time on the firing line as well.

hso
October 17, 2012, 07:49 PM
Nope

DeMilled
October 17, 2012, 07:59 PM
Yes!

My all time favorite holiday is Independents Day and I always try to shoot in the morning and BBQ that afternoon/evening.

Some years I don't get to shoot and BBQ but I try to do at least one, or the other.
One year things just weren't working out for our household and my wife asked if we really needed to do anything for the 4th and I told her "I don't care if all we do is grill a package of hot dogs. We are doing something to celebrate our nations birthday!" The 4th O July is more important to me than Christmas...

45lcshooter
October 17, 2012, 08:14 PM
Smoke meats the day before and the day of holiday. Then bring out the m44 carbine and 91/30 for some loud fun. Or 45lc at steel gong. Either way fun is had by all.

TheMercenary
October 17, 2012, 08:22 PM
I shoot about every holiday

Nothing wrong with a commie gun... as long as the user is not a commie :)

MedWheeler
October 17, 2012, 09:37 PM
My all time favorite holiday is Independents Day

I like that... a day for neither Democrats nor Republicans..! What date does that fall on..? :D

horsemen61
October 17, 2012, 09:40 PM
If i am off work sure i like to shoot pretty much anything goes following the four rules.

splattergun
October 17, 2012, 10:16 PM
Nope. The ranges that are open are incredibly busy. Besides, why wait for a holiday? Sick days are wasted on the sick. :barf: :evil:

cfullgraf
October 17, 2012, 10:20 PM
Christmas may be about the only holiday that i don't shoot only because i am too busy watching the kids open presents and helping getting the Christmas feast prepared.

But when you are retired, every day is a holiday.:)

Eaglestroker
October 17, 2012, 10:24 PM
4th of July and Christmas eve are our big days. Couldn't tell you why.

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monotonous_iterancy
October 18, 2012, 05:08 PM
yep i sure do, its a 62 caliber flintlock fowler patterned after that style in the 1750's.

That seems interesting. What does it shoot like?

col.lemat
October 18, 2012, 05:32 PM
4th of July I shoot my civil war 6 pounder cannon. Everybody loves it as it sets off their car alarms from the concussion!!

jimmyraythomason
October 18, 2012, 06:33 PM
I will shoot on any National Holiday and on religious holidays that don't fall on Sunday.

Cosmoline
October 18, 2012, 07:27 PM
I usually bring out the Finn Mosins in November after the first big snow fall to commemorate the start of the Winter War. I need to get one of these Soumi semis to add to the mix this year. Since my main range is closed for December it's also sort of my send-off to the shooting season that year.

When I lived out in the bush we would shoot down dead frozen trees for New Years. Lots of fun! And it's not like you can use a chainsaw on the frozen snags at 40 below zero anyway. Or heck even START a chainsaw. AK's and Mosins work fine, though. You just have to be real aware of trajectory and backstops.

jim243
October 18, 2012, 07:54 PM
Nothing wrong with a commie gun... as long as the user is not a commie

Boy, what a McCarthy type statement. I thought we were beyound that now.

Jim

SlowFuse
October 18, 2012, 08:08 PM
I will shoot on any National Holiday and on religious holidays that don't fall on Sunday.

Jimmyraythomason, we are both from the heart of dixie and can agree on this. I just thought that was cool.

Back to the question, I believe in celebrating with shooting on any of these holidays (except Sundays as said above) no restrictions on type or country of origin. Something that creates excess smoke gets you extra points.

whtsmoke
October 18, 2012, 09:06 PM
Since its asmoothbore you would think it is a short range deal but it isnt. I can hit a steel life size yote target at 100 yards all day. They a blast when you use a buck n ball load, 27 cal. pellets on top of a 62 caliber ball, the ultimate in stopping power lol.
Its little brother is the same thing but it has a 24 inch bbl instead of 42 and has sights front and rear. I put it together from parts and the other is custom made. If you have never shot a flinter you are missing the ultimate thrill atleast in my eyes.

cfullgraf
October 18, 2012, 10:32 PM
4th of July I shoot my civil war 6 pounder cannon. Everybody loves it as it sets off their car alarms from the concussion!!

Cool!

That is some real fireworks.

Double Naught Spy
October 18, 2012, 10:34 PM
Everyday I shoot is a holiday!!

critter
October 19, 2012, 05:44 AM
I usually try to do so. I also try to use something 'appropriate' like my '03 Springfield, M1 Garand and a 1911. Gives me a warm feeling!

FROGO207
October 19, 2012, 01:35 PM
No special plans on the holidays as far as shooting. I just try to shoot any time that I have a spare hour or two to enjoy. Now if family or friends show up THEN we shoot some extra and that classifies as a holiday in and of itself in my book.:D

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